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No evidence Sunrise Propane given OK for propane transfers before blast, Crown says

Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases in Downsview exploded in August, 2008.

Charla Jones

An Ontario government lawyer says the director of Sunrise Propane seemed to know the company was acting illegally before a devastating blast in a north Toronto neighbourhood.

In closing arguments, the lawyer said Sunrise director Shay Ben-Moshe gave "troubling" and misleading statements to police following the explosion in August 2008.

Sunrise, Mr. Ben-Moshe and fellow director Valery Belahov face numerous provincial-offences charges in relation to the blast that killed an employee and rained damaging debris on the surrounding neighbourhood.

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Mr. Ben-Moshe's lawyer has blamed the incident on malfunctioning equipment due to a manufacturing error.

But the government says it was caused by a leak during a risky truck-to-truck gas transfer that Sunrise had been told to stop.

The Crown lawyer said today there is no evidence to support any suggestion by Mr. Ben-Moshe that he somehow had permission for the transfers.

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